|Broadcast area||Sydney, Australia, Central Coast, Illawarra and Southern Highlands|
|Slogan||Live Life Nova|
|Frequency||96.9 MHz FM|
|First air date||1 April 2001|
|Format||Top 40 (CHR)|
|Transmitter coordinates||33°43′43″S 151°11′1″E / 33.72861°S 151.18361°E|
|Callsign meaning||2-New South Wales SYD-Sydney|
NOVA Entertainment |
(Nova 96.9 Pty Ltd)
|Sister stations||Smooth 95.3|
Nova is generally the FM station of choice for under 40's with a 8% share of the Sydney audience on average which is en par with rival KIIS FM. Kate, Tim & Marty is the highest rated Nova show receiving 13% of Sydney's Drive time audience. Smallzy's Surgery receives a good 10% share for the nighttime slot and Fitzy & Wippa receive a fair 8% of Sydney's Breakfast audience.
One of the driving forces behind the creation of Nova was the growing demographic of youth who were embracing the commercialised anti-pop movement fronted by such artists as Daft Punk and Spiderbait, but for whom Triple J, operated by the publicly funded Australian Broadcasting Corporation, had no commercial incentives to offer. Initially the music selection on Nova 96.9 was very similar to that of Triple J, and a number of the station presenters, most notably former breakfast hosts Merrick and Rosso, which were also former Triple J staff. However, while Triple J has retained its alternative style, Nova has drifted towards a more commercial format. Meanwhile, other stations have adopted Nova's more varied programming style, to the point where Nova is now hard to tell apart from other commercial FM stations.
- Fitzy & Wippa (Breakfast)
- Greg Burns (Mornings)
- Dan Cassin (Afternoons)
- Kate, Tim & Marty (Drive)
- Smallzy's Surgery (Nights)
- Jason Smith (Late Nights)
- Matt De Groot (Breakfast)
- Alissa Teebow (Midday & Drive)
- Michelle Stephenson (National News Manager)
- Williamson, Brooke (2001-04-02). "Radio star is born - Station mixes it with the best.". The Daily Telegraph. p. 7.
- The Radio and Television Broadcasting Stations Book. Australian Communications and Media Authority. October 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-27.
- LIC022 - Commercial Radio Broadcasting Licences (PDF), Australian Communications and Media Authority, 2011-08-31
- Lallo, Michael (November 9, 2014). "'Also Ran Network' seals victory with a Kiis". The Sun-Herald. Sydney, Australia.
- "Official Sponsors". Retrieved 18 March 2011.